Her break into show business is due in large part to the efforts of her brother, Eric, who was cast in the movie BLOOD RED. He convinced the director to let his sister join the cast. A year later her role in STEEL MAGNOLIAS made her a star. She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie. Her fame was solidified the next year with the hit PRETTY WOMAN in which she portrayed a prostitute with whom the wealthy Richard Gere falls in love. She won another Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for that role. Since then Roberts has had a string of starring roles and recently received another Golden Globe nomination for MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on an episode of the television show LAW & ORDER. She has a production company called Shoelace Productions and splits her time between her homes in New York, the Hollywood Hills, and a fifty acre retreat in Taos, New Mexico.
She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. (October 28)
Her parents divorced. She moved with her mother and stepfather, Michael Motes, to Smyrna, a suburb of Atlanta.
Her father died of cancer.
She graduated from Campbell High School.
FIREHOUSE - film
BLOOD RED, MYSTIC PIZZA, SATISFACTION - films
STEEL MAGNOLIAS - film; She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
PRETTY WOMAN, FLATLINERS - films; She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in PRETTY WOMAN.
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, HOOK, DYING YOUNG - films
THE PLAYER - film
THE PELICAN BRIEF - film; She married Lyle Lovett.
PRET-A-PORTER, I LOVE TROUBLE - films
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT - film; She and Lyle Lovett divorced.
EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, MARY REILLY, MICHAEL COLLINS - films
CONSPIRACY THEORY, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING - films
STEPMOM, THE WOMEN - film; She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING.
RUNAWAY BRIDE, NOTTING HILL - films; She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on an episode of LAW & ORDER.
THE MOVIEGOER, FROM ALICE TO OCEAN, ERIN BROCKOVICH - films